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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Georgetown in Georgetown County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Gabriel Marion

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By J. J. Prats, February 21, 2009
1. Gabriel Marion Marker
Inscription.  When Capt. John Nelson, sent by Gen. Marion, Jan., 1781, to the Sampit Road to reconnoitre, met Capt. Barfield and his Tories near White’s Bridge, a sharp fight ensued. Lieut. Gabriel Marion, nephew of Gen. Marion, was captured and inhumanely shot about a quarter mile north of here. His name was fatal to him.
Erected 1940 by Georgetown County. (Marker Number 22-6.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 33° 23.142′ N, 79° 18.648′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, South Carolina, in Georgetown County. Marker is on Whites Bridge Road north of Highmarket Street (Alternate U.S. 17), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Georgetown SC 29440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sergeant McDonald (approx. 0.2 miles away); General Arthur M. Manigault (approx. 0.4 miles away); Winyah Schools (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); Bethesda Baptist Church
Gabriel Marion Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 21, 2009
2. Gabriel Marion Marker
(approx. 1.8 miles away); Mount Olive Baptist Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Robert Stewart House (approx. 1.8 miles away); Kaminski House (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Also see . . .  Names in South Carolina, Volume 23, Chapter 32. Published by the Department of English, University of South Carolina. “On November 15, Marion sent a party of troops under Captain John Melton toward White’s Bridge on the Sampit road. This bridge was located two miles west of Georgetown, over a tributary of the Sampit. A large force of Tories commanded by Captain Jesse Barefield had just reinforced the Georgetown garrison, and so Melton was soon forced to retreat before a superior force led by Barefield himself.

During the skirmish between the two sides, Lieutenant Gabriel Marion was captured by the Tories when his horse was killed under him. Gabriel was Francis Marion’s nephew, and he was murdered by Barefield’s men as soon as they learned of his identity. During the day’s fighting, the Loyalists also lost one of their officers, when Captain James “Otterskin” Lewis was killed. (The nickname was used by Francis Marion in his report of the battle.) Finding Georgetown better garrisoned than he had expected, Marion retired
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toward Black Mingo Creek.

The murder of Gabriel Marion is supposed to have taken place at an Alston plantation known as ‘The Pens.’ When a military training camp was set up near White’s Bridge during the Confederacy, it was named Camp Marion—an appropriate title whether it was meant to honor Gabriel or his uncle.” (Submitted on February 22, 2009.) 
Additional keywords. General Francis Marion, Captain Jesse Barfield
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,824 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 22, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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